What are Korean Honorifics?
Great question! We’ll get to that in just a bit. But first, let’s go over the plan for this article.
Today, we’re going to run you through a few of the more common Korean honorifics that you’re going to hear that may seem like a totally different language at first (especially if you’re a beginner!).
Then, we’ll give you some comparisons so you know how to navigate these tricky language traps.
Before we get rolling full speed ahead, let’s first run through why these Korean honorifics are so confusing.
Korean has a few different levels of speech, which could be extremely confusing for native English speakers. These levels are integrated into the grammar and vocabulary, and are used according to the differences in social rank between the people who are communicating. There are various ways of breaking them down, but we can do it by simply saying there are three levels of speech: Formal, standard, and informal.